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Watch This 911 GT3 Rally Car Fly Through the Woods

I feel for right-seaters in rally cars, I really do, especially on gravel. Even while reading the pace notes, they are completely at the mercy of the driver. On this test route, the person in the navigator’s position appears to be simply acting as ballast. Based on their clothing, they may well be an unsuspecting member of the team. I’m sure they were fitted with a helmet and gently coerced, or stuffed kicking and screaming, into the Porsche. The view over the dash in this GT3 is very standard for a modern 911 racecar, save the for tall handbrake and rally computer. The view out the windscreen is something else entirely.

Tuthill Porsche’s RGT rally kit is designed to make 997 and 991-generation cars competitive R-GT class rallying. The car in the video is slated to run in a Spanish rally series this season. While 911s are no strangers to rallying, it is still unusual to see a modern 911 on a gravel rally stage. Like its forebears (and many current « Safari » 911s) the car looks very much at home on the loose surface and over the bumps. The longer suspension travel and narrower tires seem to play in to the 911’s inherent strengths, especially when getting power down out of a corner.

Tuthill Porsche is making a serious name for themselves in rallying with their RGT programme. The first WRC-eligible RGT competed in the 2014 Rally Deutschland. At the close of the event, Richard Tuthill’s GT3 became the first Porsche to finish a WRC event in 28 years.

The R-GT class is currently very small. Regular entrants are limited to just 911 GT3s, the Lotus Exige S R-GT and Fiat 124 Spider G-GT. Additional passports are issued to individual cars at the FIA’s discretion. The added diversity is more than welcome amidst the sea of Subarus, Volkswagens and Mitsubishis seen at most WRC events.

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Østberg fait ses débuts sur circuit

Le Norvégien a effectué une apparition en Porsche Carrera Cup…

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Une Porsche en bonus dans WRC 7

Le prochain opus du jeu vidéo intégrera la voiture de Romain Dumas…

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1984 Porsche Rothmans Prodrive 911 SCRS Restoration

Today’s Friday feature is the restoration of an authentic 1984 Porsche 911 SCRS which was originally built by Prodrive for racing in period with title sponsor Rothmans. This car is the real deal, 1 of only 20 cars built by the factory before being sent to the master gurus of Suburu WRC rally fame back in the day. It had been successfully campaigned in the Middle East in Group B competition before it’s latest owner here in the United States took custody of it. He had it’s engine rebuilt and had modifications given to it by Pat Williams Racing in 2005 so that he could street drive it when not participating in rally events here on our own home soil. Exactly our type of guy. More recently, Vintage Sports Cars Restorations gave it a full nut and bolt restoration, which is what you are about to witness on the following page. Behold… The 2,330 pound lightweight race car had never suffered any damage, which is extremely impressive considering the amount of abuse that these cars are subjected to. They were able to achieve that weight on a Turbo wide body by use of thinner glass, plastic bumpers, and full aluminum fenders and doors that only weigh 3.5 pounds each complete. Of course, the Rothmans […]

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Tuthill Porsche WRC 2015: flat out in Ireland

The 911 R-GT flies again

Day two of the 2015 Circuit of Ireland Rally brought glorious sunshine. Puddles remained from the previous day’s showers, but not enough to dampen the spirits of Robert Woodside and co-driver Allan Harryman, who were delighted to be back in the hunt after an earlier clutch problem.

The Michelin tyres worked hard as our 911 R-GT flew through a four-stage loop, to be run once in the morning and once in the afternoon. This was the longest day of the rally, with an added power stage through Lisburn town centre at lunchtime. 

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Rallying calls for fast, precise driving with absolute reliability and that was just what we got. Robert was inch-perfect in the twisty Lisburn stage and didn’t put a foot wrong all day. The Porsche performed immaculately, bringing fans flocking to it whenever it stopped for long enough. We left Ireland delighted with our rewarding return to this famous Porsche heartland.

With that, we reach the end of 12 evo Magazine blogs, sharing the story of our Porsche 911 R-GT rally car. From winning this year’s Monte Carlo Rally to our latest adventures in Ireland, the R-GT category for modern sports cars in top level rallying remains something very close to our heart.

As thrilling as it is to drive these legendary events in our 997 R-GT car, we are racers who need competition, so we hope to see more GT cars out on the stages as the year unfolds. We’ll continue to push for R-GT cars on gravel rallies. 

Until that happens, we have much to look forward to, with the epic East African Safari Classic Rally at the end of this year. After taking a record 17-car team to the last Safari Rally, we’ll take fewer cars this time around, but it will be no less challenging.

Follow all of Tuthill Porsche’s Safari news and R-GT updates on its website.


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18 Apr 2015
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